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City council delays downtown revitalization project contract

Blaine City Council tabled voting on the engineering design services contract for Blaine’s Downtown Revitalization Project during its November 14 meeting. Council was expected to vote on the … more

Blaine freshman wins state 2A swimming title in 500 freestyle

Blaine has a new state champion who may be around for a while. Freshman swimmer Hailey Ferrell took home a first and third place from the girls 2A state swim and dive championships last weekend. … more

A jump in assessments doesn’t always result in the same tax increase

Did your property assessment take a big jump for 2023? Are you worried that your property taxes will go up a similar amount? Don’t worry, increases in property assessments and property taxes … more

Maritime apprenticeship program starts in county

A new maritime apprenticeship program is underway for Whatcom County residents who want to better their skills as marine service technicians. The four-year program allows maritime employees to gain … more

Op-Ed: What does it take to bend, not break? Make a difference before disaster strikes

Are we a resilient community? What does that look like? A year ago this week, Whatcom County experienced the largest natural disaster in its history. Catastrophic flooding caused by severe wind … more

Port of Bellingham receives $3.6 million for Sea K Fish cleanup

The Port of Bellingham will receive $3.36 million from the Washington state Department of Ecology (DOE) to pay for a portion of petroleum cleanup near seafood wholesaler Starfish Inc.’s … more

Packers’ tomato soup

Semiahmoo Resort executive chef Micah Windham has a warm tomato soup recipe just in time for the holidays.  • 1 small yellow or white onion, rough chopped • 2 cloves garlic, … more

City council approves property tax increase

Blaine City Council unanimously approved a 1 percent increase to the city’s 2022 property tax levy during its November 14 meeting. The 1 percent increase will raise about $13,400 in additional … more

Letters to The Editor: November 17-23, 2022

The Editor: I want to extend a huge “thank you” to the residents of Blaine, Birch Bay and Custer for their generosity to the Community Assistance Program’s winter coat drive. To … more

Blaine Police Department Reports: November 17-23, 2022

Nov. 4, 9:45 a.m.: Assault investigation on C Street. Nov. 4, 11:03 a.m.: Verbal domestic dispute on Bayview Avenue. Nov. 4, 1:19 p.m.: Assault and trespassing investigation on 10th … more

Sheriff's Reports, November 17-23, 2022

Nov. 3, 9:25 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances on Valley View Road, Custer. Nov. 3, 4:41 p.m.: Civil problem on Cedar Lane. Nov. 3, 6:08 p.m.: Domestic physical on Sunrise Road, Custer. Nov. 4, … more

Obituary: Peter Winterfeld 

Peter Winterfeld  April 17, 1940 - October 11, 2022 Surrounded by loved ones, Peter Winterfeld passed away October 11, 2022 in Birch Bay after a long battle with diabetes.  He was … more

Obituary: Norman Michael Walsh

Norman Michael Walsh January 28, 1959 – November 2, 2022   Norman was born on January 28, 1959 to Ronald and Lois Walsh, the third of five children, with Teresa and Robert coming … more

Obituary: Lawrence Alvin Peterson “Larry”

Lawrence Alvin Peterson “Larry” Lawrence Alvin Peterson “Larry”, age 79, of Birch Bay passed away in Bellingham Wednesday, November 9, 2022. A memorial service will be held … more

Obituary: Irene Noela Neyens

Irene Noela Neyens December 11, 1939 – October 28, 2022  Irene Neyens, age 82, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 28, 2022 at Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt. Irene was … more

2022 Election Results

Election counts are Whatcom County only.   more

Accused knifeman arrested after being pepperballed and beanbagged

A man was arrested in the early morning of November 7 on suspicion of stabbing another man on Peace Portal Drive under the I-5 overpass. It took two hours for about 17 law enforcement officers to get … more
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